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Setup BranchCache for ConfigMgr Current Branch

By Johan Arwidmark / March 5, 2017

Windows 10 updates, both the scheduled updates from Microsoft as well as updates of Windows 10 apps, can put a significant load on your network. At least if you compare it with what a Windows 7 client does. Add that to all you normal deployments, images, applications etc. and you’ll find yourself running down the hallway, chased by folks from the network group 🙂

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Setup Peer Cache in ConfigMgr Current Branch

By Johan Arwidmark / February 9, 2017

In ConfigMgr Current Branch v1610 Microsoft added in a new feature called Peer Cache. It had previously had a few guest appearances in the Technical Preview branch, but now finally made it to the shinier branch, e.g. Current Branch. Anyway, this feature is designed to help reduce the network impact of delivering content to clients in distributed environments, and works with the package types that ConfigMgr supports (updates, legacy packages, applications, images etc.).

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Installing SQL Server 2016 like a boss

By Johan Arwidmark / December 14, 2016

Every once in a while you need to install SQL Server. It could be the SQL Server Express edition because you are using the Database for MDT Lite Touch, or the full SQL Server to support a System Center product like ConfigMgr Current Branch. Either way, both versions supports installing updates as part of the setup, and here follows the steps to install SQL Server 2016 with SP1 fully automated/unattended.

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Hydration Kit For Windows Server 2016 and ConfigMgr Current / Technical Preview Branch

By Johan Arwidmark / December 14, 2016

This Kit builds a complete ConfigMgr v1606/1610 with Windows Server 2016 and SQL Server 2016 SP1 infrastructure, and some (optional) supporting servers. This kit is tested on both Hyper-V and VMware virtual platforms, but should really work on any virtualization platform that can boot from an ISO. The kit offers a complete setup of both a primary site server running ConfigMgr Current Branch v1606 (server CM01), as well as a primary site server running ConfigMgr Technical Preview Branch v1610 (server CM02). You also find guidance on upgrading these platform to the latest build.

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Configure Peer Caching in ConfigMgr Current Branch

By Johan Arwidmark / December 13, 2016

In the current version of ConfigMgr Current Branch, meaning v1610, there is a new peer to peer technology available, the so called Peer Cache. This feature replaces (and extends) the WinPE Peer caching that has been available since ConfigMgr v1511.

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Building the perfect Windows Server 2016 reference image

By Johan Arwidmark / December 13, 2016

Here is a step-by-step quick guide on building the perfect Windows Server 2016 reference image. This guide is divided in two parts: The first part covers how to create a Windows Server 2016 reference image in just a few minutes using offline servicing. The quick-and-dirty method. The second part is about creating a Windows Server 2016 reference image using MDT 8443. The SHINY method.

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A little bit of ConfigMgr housekeeping

By Johan Arwidmark / November 7, 2016

Just wanted to post a quick reminder that ConfigMgr by default is logging info not only to it’s own log files, which are in the ConfigMgr installation directory, which is typically not on the C: drive, at least, should not be on the C: drive, but also to the IIS logs, which typically are on the C: drive. Obviously it is not good if the C: fills up, because then the site server dies. So some house-keeping is useful.

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Moving Computers to another OU during deployment – Webservice style

By Johan Arwidmark / November 7, 2016

Here is a step-by-step guide to configure a MDT Lite Touch or ConfigMgr task sequence to move a computer to another OU during deployment. The webservice used in this guide does the same job as Maik Koster’s version available here: http://maikkoster.com/moving-computers-in-active-directory-during-mdt-deployments-step-by-step but I have include the C# source code for my version, so you can review, or modify it if you want to.

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